12 Unexpected braai recipe ideas to amp up your Heritage Day menu
The tradition of stoking a fire and tanning a chop is something that is quintessentially South African, and having a few lekker braai recipes up your sleeve is always welcome when you want to wow the guests at your Heritage Day get-together. Here are a few of Bas Newman’s favourite flame-grilled recipes to get you inspired for next week’s public holiday!
BIG BRAAI DISHES
Every braai has a star of the show – the big centrepiece. In sunny SA, we tend to err on the side of more is more, so there are normally quite a few kinds of meat in the mix. This year, how about mixing things up by venturing off the beaten track? Here are a few of Bas’ favourite showstopper dishes:
- Breakfast braaibroodjies – bacon, egg and cheese toasted to perfection on that braai grid (don’t forget a dollop of Mrs Balls chutney). This is great for brunch occasions!
- A lovely seafood pasta in a potjie; add some rice and turn it into a paella.
- A delicious oxtail potjie, served with some freshly baked bread to soak up that gorgeous sauce.
- Crayfish roasted on a fire next to the ocean at sunset.
Naturally, the star of the show needs some very talented backup singers. Cue the braai sides! Ditch the same-old, same-old Greek salad for one of these hearty sides to spice things up on September 24th:
- A traditional potato salad (go old-school and add generous lashings of condescend milk like Granny used to).
- A quick and delicious salad of broccoli, bacon and cranberries.
- Baked potato done in the coals, served with sour cream and chives.
- Roasted corn on the cob finished with plenty of salted butter and good old Aromat.
Dessert on the braai can be a little tricky, but here are a few ideas that will have you turning up the heat on your sweets without missing a beat:
- Collect all your favourite chocolates, cookies and marshmallows and put it in a foil container, cover the top with foil and put it on the braai - you will end up with the most decadent, gooey dessert that can be enjoyed with sweet crackers.
- Grill slices banana and pineapple on the braai and serve it with some ice-cream.
- Update the classic ‘smore by adding chocolatey favourites like favourites Whispers or Speckled Eggs to the marshmallow centre.
These are just a few of Bas’ perfect Heritage Day braai recipes. However, if you feel like sticking to the basics this year, there is one thing you really have to try. Here’s our resident foodie’s recipe for the perfect braaibroodjie:
The Perfect Braaibroodjie by Bas
Soft white government loaf
Lots of butter
Plenty of shredded cheddar
Chakalaka (from the tin is fine)
Salt and pepper
- Butter the outside of your bread.
- Layer the rest of the ingredients onto the bread (don’t be shy).
- Season well.
- Put the braaibroodjies on a ‘toeklap-rooster’ and place it over warm coals, taking care to turn it frequently.
- Remove from the fire when the bread is beautifully toasted, and the cheese has melted.
Happy Heritage Day all!